On Friday, Basketball Hall of Famers Jerry Colangelo, Rick Barry, Bob Pettit, Calvin Murphy, George Gervin, Gary Payton & Karl Malone were part of the announcement of the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists.
One of those names, former Phoenix Suns great and current Mayor of the City of Sacramento, CA, Kevin Johnson.
#2014HOF Finalist, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson (@KJ_MayorJohnson)
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) February 14, 2014
Johnson had a remarkable career, most of which in Phoenix, and was he was a three-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA performer. He was one of only three players in NBA history (Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson) to average at least 20 points and 12 assists in a season, one of only three players in NBA history (Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson) to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game in three consecutive seasons and one of only four players in NBA history (Robertson, Thomas, and Magic Johnson) to have averaged at least 20 points and 10 assists per game in three different seasons.
Not to mention he is one of the most beloved Suns in the history of the franchise.
The Suns announced recently that they are going to honor “KJ” for the 20th anniversary of his famous dunk over Hakeem Olajuwon with “KJ Dunk Night” when the Suns host the Houston Rockets on Sunday, February 23. Many former Suns greats plan to be in attendance and there is a rumor that Hakeem himself may make an appearance. Here is the dunk in case you have not seen it in a while:
If selected, Johnson would join Charles Barkley, Dennis Johnson, Connie Hawkins, Gus Johnson and Gail Goodrich as former Suns players in the Hall of Fame. The Induction Celebration will be on August 9th.